Coronavirus case rates fall across 95- of local authorities in UK but across 75- in Scotland

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COVID-19 case rates have fallen across nearly 95 per cent of all local authorities in the UK but across some 75% in Scotland, new figures published today show.

Of the 380 local authorities areas in the UK, only 23 or 6% have seen a week-on-week increase in case rates compared with 354 or 93%, where the rates have fallen.

The highest case rate in the UK was in Corby in Northamptonshire with 277 new cases recorded in the seven days to February 10; the equivalent of 383.6 cases per 100,000 people. However, this was down from 468.0 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to February 3.

The figures, for the seven days to February 10, are based on tests carried out in laboratories[pillar one of the UK Government’s testing programme]and in the wider community[pillar two].

The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

Data for the most recent four days, February 11 to 14, has been excluded as it is incomplete and does not reflect the true number of cases.

All the figures have been calculated by the PA news agency based on data published on February 14 on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.

*Scotland.

Of the 32 local areas in Scotland, eight, 25%, have seen a week-on-week rise in case rates while 24, 75%, have seen a fall.

East Ayrshire had the highest rate in the country, up from 154.9 to 252.4, with 308 new cases.

This was followed by Clackmannanshire, which was up from 163.0 to 221.2, with 114 new cases.

Stirling had the third highest rise, up from 130.6 to 159.2, with 150 new cases.

*England.

Of the 315 local areas in England, 12, 4%, have seen a rise in case rates, 301, 95%, have seen a fall, and two are unchanged.

The highest week-on-week increase in England was in Copeland, Cumbria, where the rate has risen from 177.5 to 237.6, with 162 new cases.

Calderdale in West Yorkshire had the second highest rise, up from 164.1 to 207.1, with 438 new cases.

Newark and Sherwood in Nottinghamshire had the third highest, up from 213.2 to 248.3, with 304 new cases.

*Wales.

Of the 22 local areas in Wales, three, 14%, have seen a rise in case rates, 18, 82%, a fall, and one has remained the same.

Wrexham had the highest rate in Wales, down from 229.5 to 161.1, with 219 new cases.

The three areas recording a week-on-week rise were: Powys, up from 84.6 to 120.1, with 159 new cases; Conwy, up from 110.9 to 113.5, with 133 new cases and Cardiff, up from 100.0 to 100.6, with 369 new cases.

*Northern Ireland.

All of the 11 local areas in Northern Ireland have seen a drop in case rates.

The highest rate was in Mid Ulster, which was down from 301.6 in the week to February 3 to 234.3 in the seven days to February 10, with 348 new cases.

The biggest drops was in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, where the rate fell from 283.1 to 207.2, with 448 new cases.

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